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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Be A Snow Queen, Not A Snow Flake

Winterizing your Makeup with Dimitri James


Pale, dry skin….foundation colors gone awry….and fine lines that are not so fine. Winter isn’t pretty. But  Dimitri James, founder of Skinn Cosmetics, offers additional winter beauty tips and techniques designed to make make up work for, not against your skin.

Problem:   Color won’t stick to pale, dry winter skin.   Have your favorite blush and bronzer gone south for the winter, just when you needed an infusion of warmth and color the most?  Read on.

Solution:   First, exfoliate away those excess dead skin cells that skin produces to protect itself from the cold.  Then, try mixing a drop or two of a natural essential oil like neroli oil or rose hips oil with your favorite moisturizer before you apply it to your face. The extra oil will super-hydrate the skin and help offset winter dryness, and your bronzer and blush will adhere better and last longer.

Another proven method is to first apply a cream blush or bronzer to your cheeks and face then top with a very light dusting of your favorite powdered blush and bronzer. This layering technique will make your color cling beautifully all day.

To try:  Skinn Cosmetics Derm Appeal Microdermabrasion System

Problem:  Foundation takes on an orange cast by the end of the day.  There should be an orange “caution” sign for this all too common cosmetic problem

Solution: In the winter, women tend to wear more foundation and oilier skins tend to produce more oil in response to the dry, cold air.  Oils in foundation and oils from your skin oxidize during the day and turn orange. This is why we see that tell-tale orange “line of demarcation” at the jaw line as the day progresses.

The solution is using a purple-toned makeup primer under your foundation. The best ones are silicone based for flawless, smooth make up application.   Plus, the purple color  counteracts the orange in the skin caused from oils oxidizing.

To try: Skinn Cosmetics Orchid Gel

Problem:  When skin is dry, foundation and powder seem to exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles.

Solution:   Keep skin super hydrated during the colder months.  Here’s a great emergency skin rescue tip Dimitri has shared with his Hollywood clientele:   First, thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate skin.  Then fill a clean sink or large bowl with hot as you can take it water.  Add two tablespoons of sea salt to the water and two tablespoons of glycerin.  Then splash the skin with this hot sea bath mixture 30 times and you will see even the driest of winter skin look super hydrated and plumped-up smooth!

Then, add just a drop of rose hips oil to your moisturizer before applying to your face. Adding a drop of essential oil to your moisturizer rather than to your foundation will work better because moisturizer mixed with foundation may conflict with he foundation's emulsion system and create a less than perfect deposit of pigments on the skin which can create a blotchy look.

The same holds true for concealers - adding a little rose hips oil to your eye cream will soften those little dry lines around the eye and prevent concealer from looking lined. Plus the oil will eventually seep into the concealer and keep it smoother looking all day.

SKINN Cosmetics is a line of premium skin care and color cosmetic formulas developed by professional make-up artist Dimitri James. SKINN formulates and manufactures all of its own products, using highly active, concentrated natural ingredients and avoiding excess water, fillers or packaging.   Skinn is able to offer top quality products at affordable prices - with most products retailing around $30. All Skinn Cosmetics products are available for purchase online at or by tuning in to Shop NBC.

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